French Nuclear Facility Rocked By Explosion


Sep. 12 2011, Published 4:55 a.m. ET

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An explosion occurred at the Marcoule nuclear plant in southern France early Monday, has learned.

France’s Agency for Nuclear Safety spokeswoman Evangelia Petit confirmed the incident (which occurred at 11:45 am local time) to the AP, but did not give any details as to injuries or further damage in the area, which sits close to the Mediterranean Sea.

The Marcoule nuclear plant had deactivated three of the four nuclear reactors on the premises prior to the explosion, according to CBS News' Elaine Cobbe.

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According to French newspaper Le Figaro, the blast was spurred on by an explosion in a venue used for the storage of radioactive waste.

Another local paper, the Midi Libre, reported that an oven exploded at the site, leaving one person dead and another injured. The paper added that no radiation leaks were reported as result of the incident.

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